Jabo’s on fire, much to Curle’s sur­prise

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Hill

CARLISLE boss Keith Curle re­vealed even he has been baf­fled by Jabo Ibehre’s start at Carlisle af­ter the striker grabbed a hat-trick in an en­thralling draw with Cam­bridge.

The front­man’s tre­ble was com­ple­mented by a Char­lie Wyke strike, as Carlisle came from be­hind on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions to can­cel out goals from Luke Berry, Ge­orge Taft and a Barry Corr dou­ble.

Ibehre – who had al­ready net­ted three times in two games prior to this con­test – stole the show and his boss was full of praise for his tal­is­man.

“If he keeps this up we might have to sell him again,” joked Curle. “He is ben­e­fit­ing from the move­ment of the whole team, but the amount of goals he is scor­ing is sen­sa­tional.

“We haven’t been do­ing fin­ish­ing ses­sions and Jabo won’t be do­ing one for a long time at this rate.

“Some of the mis­takes we make are bad, but I want us to play with­out a fear fac­tor, so that will hap­pen.

“We are adapt­ing to a new phi­los­o­phy of football. Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

Cam­bridge got the party started, when winger Har­ri­son Dunk beat two Carlisle men on the left flank be­fore float­ing a cross to­wards the un­marked Corr, who nod­ded in from 12 yards.

It was soon two, when a floated free-kick was only partly dealt with by the hosts and Taft smashed in a de­flected ef­fort. But hav­ing looked dead and buried, Carlisle sprung into life in dra­matic fash­ion.

A search­ing cross from Pa­trick Brough found Wyke short of space, but his heavy touch laid the ball off per­fectly for strike part­ner Ibehre to smash home.

And the im­pos­ing Ibehre added his sec­ond of the con­test mo­ments later, nod­ding in another fine de­liv­ery to draw his side level.

Par­ity lasted less than a minute, how­ever, af­ter Ryan Don­ald­son robbed Luke Joyce and fed Corr for his sec­ond and the half­time ad­van­tage.

Wyke soon brought Carlisle level again af­ter turn­ing and fir­ing low past Beas­ant but tide turned again when Berry seized on more slack home de­fend­ing to slide home for the U’s. How­ever, Ibehre was de­ter­mined not to fin­ish on the los­ing side, thun­der­ing home from 18 yards for his hat-trick and a share of the spoils.

“It could have been more than 4-4 for both teams, it was just one of those games,” said Cam­bridge boss Richard Money.

“We knew they were go­ing to play a cer­tain way and when we de­cided to press and go up against them, there was al­ways a dan­ger of a goal-fest.

“I’m not sure if it’s a point gained or two lost, but the fans have had their money’s worth, so that is pos­i­tive.”

STAR MAN JABO IBEHRE

Carlisle

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